In line with ESMC's core message, the European Commission highlights the critical situation with high PV manufacturing concentration in China and emphasizes PV panels as a strategic dependency product group. The European Commission recently released an updated in-depth review of Europe's strategic dependencies. The report looks at five areas –...
“Made in EU-PV” – Progress and opportunities to contribute
We are happy to share good news about the »Made in EU-PV« film initiative: The film will be produced the coming months, as it has now gathered sufficient funds. As earlier communicated, ESMC is a cooperation partner for the film project. The plan is to produce a film of approximately 25 minutes, with the intention to convince political leaders...
Press release: ESMC releases a review summary of the RRF support for PV manufacturing
The Recovery and Resilience Facility makes €723.8 billion available to support measures undertaken by European Union (EU) Member States as a response to the coronavirus pandemic. To benefit from the support of the RRF, EU Member States must submit Recovery and Resilience plans (RRPs), with the reforms and investments to be implemented by the end...
An impact opportunity: “Made in EU-PV”
In line with our core mission to improve the conditions for European PV manufacturing and call for central support, ESMC would like to introduce you to a fundraiser film-project that we are supporting: “Made in EU- PV”. By creating a documentary film, the industry could communicate the European PV potential and call for action. The goal is to...
Our co-President Eicke Weber on the revival of European cell production
Our co-President Eicke Weber share his thoughts on the history of German, and European, PV manufacturing and calls for a rapid revival of European cell production to break free from dependence on China in a recent interview with Dieter Düran. In the interview, Mr. Weber shares that ESMC are aiming for three quarters of the solar power installed...
Press release: ESMC alerts the EU Member States not to lose the PV manufacturing opportunities in Europe
The Recovery and Resilience Facility (RRF) along with the national Recovery and Resilience Plans (RRP) are timely instrument to push the European Green Deal objectives forward. However, the RRPs presented by the Member States to the European Commission do not reflect the European Union’s latest Industry Strategy which identifies PV manufacturing...
ESMC calls the European Commission for the comprehensive solar strategy
European Solar Manufacturing Council (ESMC) recently requested the European Commission for the comprehensive EU solar strategy to be prepared and stronger Photovoltaics (PV) manufacturing reflection in Recovery and Resilience Facility. This request has been made as a follow-up of the Policy Statement prepared by ESMC and targeted for the PV...
Press Release: Solar manufacturing renaissance in Europe — appeal for RRF commitment
The European Photovoltaic (PV) Industry is suffering from a lack of strategic policy priorities. With an import dependency and thus large economic values being lost, the whole region would benefit from a renaissance of the European PV industry. By vigorously reversing the situation and creating an opportunity for the PV industry to supply the...
Press release – Žygimantas Vaičiūnas, former energy minister of Lithuania, joins ESMC
ESMC is happy to announce that Žygimantas Vaičiūnas is joining the executive team as Executive Policy Advisor. Mr Vaičiūnas until recently (from December 2016 to December 2020) served as the Minister of Energy of Lithuania and before that as an EU Energy Attaché in Brussels. Mr Vaičiūnas will contribute with significant knowledge about energy...
Appointment of Johan Lindahl as ESMC’s new Interim Secretary General
The General Assembly has appointed Dr. Johan Lindahl as Interim Secretary General of ESMC, effective as of March 2021.
ESMC Newsletter – January 2021
Latest news and updates on European solar PV manufacturing
Press Release – AGC Solar joins the European Solar Manufacturing Council
AGC Glass Europe float glass technology provides a sustainable solution for a European solar value chain and enables the domestic manufacturing industry to meet the growing demand for solar energy power capacity.
ESMC Statement on Forced Labour
The ESMC firmly condemns forced labour and human rights abuses.
ESMC position on the Solar Manufacturing Industry negotiations with the French government
ESMC Board position on the French solar manufacturing industry.
“If you please − draw me a sheep!”
Says the little prince in 2nd chapter of the wonderful book by Saint Exupery. If you remember well this story and if you read it again, long time after we probably all had do read it in school you might be surprised how much it can teach us: The aviator that tries to draw a sheep and fails all the time in the eyes of the (young) Little Prince. The Little Prince, Greta, our children and grandchildren cannot be satisfied with the “Energy policy-sheep” that current politicians draw, mainly influenced by powerful lobby groups that like to maintain the status quo.
Replay of the 1st virtual edition of the Solar Industry Forum
Watch it again! 1st Virtual edition of the Solar Industry Forum.
The benefits of local solar manufacturing – Renewable Energy Virtual Summit
Highlight of the benefits of local solar manufacturing at the Renewable Energy Virtual Summit
Eurosolar Europe Prize
ESMC Secretary General participated at the Eurosolar Europe Jury.
New push on policies from the ESMC
Push towards policies that efficiently support the European PV industry.
And the EU-parliament event tops this: EU Parliament votes for 60% carbon emissions cut by 2030
EU Parliament voted the proposed amendment on the 2030 objective (60% carbon emissions cut by 2030)
“Save the French solar industry!” Article by our ESMC board member Lucas Weiss, Voltec Solar (English translation)
Article by our member Voltec Solar on the French solar industry.
“Solar disruption has just begun” by Prof. Weber at the First World Solar Technology Summit.
Video by Prof.Weber on the disruptive solar technologies at WSTS2020.
The Sun always in our mind…
“If I am asked whether it is in my nature to worship the sun, I say: absolutely!”
Johann Wolfgang von Goethe in conversation with Johann Peter Eckermann, March 1832.
Fossil addiction drives us again:
The current hype for “Green” Blue and other shades of Hydrogen via “natural gas” removes energy from the effort that we need to put into the massive deployment of the renewables, mainly Solar PV.
Event: Innovations in electricity market design for solar and wind integration – 20 October 2020
Event : Innovations in electricity market design for solar and wind integration
20 October 2020 | Webinar